Access to Higher Education

What Is An Access Course?

Are you over 19? Been out of the classroom for a while? Want a stepping stone towards a new career? or have you always fancied going to University?

Why not enrol or one of our 1 year intensive Access to Higher Education courses to help you achieve your goal?

We offer one year Access to Higher Education courses, where you will gain a relevant Level 3 qualification to move on.

Don't let anything stand in your way for that dream job or simply just update your skills. We know it may be difficult coming back into education but we are here for you every step of the way. Our Access staff understand this and are able to guide you through the course to develop the academic skills and knowledge that you will need at university level.

Apply now for a September start and you could be starting a university course next year!

List of our Access courses (Level 3) - Click on each to find out more:

Nursing and Healthcare professions

Please note:

Advanced Learner Loans can be applied for ALL our Access courses.

There are also childcare bursaries available on application for all our Access courses which will be means tested.

What qualification will I gain? 

You will gain an Access Diploma to Higher Education. You may also be given the opportunity to study GCSE Maths and GCSE English. For explanations of our qualifications, please see our Qualifications Explained page

What progression options will I have? 

Higher Education, either at NKC or a university.
Career progression.

NKC offers a range of undergraduate courses, so an Access course could be the perfect platform to prepare you for our Higher Education programmes.

What costs are involved? 

Government funding for Access to Higher Education courses is available for students aged 19-23 as of 31 August who have not already achieved a full level 3 qualification*. If this applies to you , you will not have any course tuition or registration fees to pay.

If you're aged 19-23 and already have a full level 3 qualification*, or if you are aged 24 or over, you will have to pay tuition and registration costs as follows: 

Access to Nursing and Healthcare – Tuition fee £3,300 and Registration fee £185
Access to Humanities – Tuition fee £3000 and Registration fee £185

You can however apply for an Advanced Learner Loan (similar to a Higher Education Loan)  which will cover your tuition fees (but not the registration fee which you will be required to pay at enrolment.) As an added incentive, if you progress straight onto university with no break from your Access course, your loan will be written off. 

Students who take out an Advanced Learner Loan and who are undertaking the access course, with a household income of below £21,000 may also apply to the college for a bursary award which may cover the registration fee, the cost of books, a contribution to travel expenses (if the student lives more than 2 miles from college) and may also cover childcare (for one child only). Students below the age of 20 (as at 31 August) can apply to the Governments Care to Learn scheme for funding for child care. Bursary applications should be made by 1st August 2018.

*A full Level 3 qualification is equivalent to:
2 A Level passes (grade E or above)
4 or more AS Level passes (grade E or above)
AVCE Double Award
GNVQ at Advanced Level
NVQ at Level 3
QAA Access to Higher Education
any other qualification at a higher level than those listed above 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but you will need to attend an interview. Applicants are assessed in Maths and English before the interview.

Click here to view Access to Higher Education courses or call 01322 629400.

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